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‘Gau cabinet’ meets; Madhya Pradesh considers cow cess for gaushalas

"I am thinking of imposing some minor tax to raise money for the welfare of the 'gaumata' (cow) welfare and for the upkeep of cow sheds....Is it alright?" the BJP leader asked while the people replied in the affirmative.

Written by Iram Siddique | Bhopal | Updated: November 23, 2020 1:26:20 am
kerala elephant death, elephant firecrackers death, animals death crackers, cow death himachal pradeshMinisters of Animal Husbandry, Forest, Panchayat and Rural Development, Revenue, Home and Farmers' Welfare departments will be part of this cabinet, said to be the first such body in the country, he had informed.

On a day when he chaired the first meeting of the recently appointed gau cabinet, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sunday urged people to contribute towards gaushalas through a small cess the state is considering.

He also said that in a bid to make gaushalas self-reliant, children in anganwadis of the state will be given cow milk procured from the gaushalas.

Chouhan chaired the first meeting of the gau cabinet virtually from his Bhopal residence. At least five cabinet ministers, head of the departments and 14 cow experts from across the country had connected via video conferencing.

Chouhan subsequently flew to Agar Malwa to celebrate gopashtami at the cow sanctuary in Salaria. Addressing a gathering there, Chouhan said, “We are working on a proposal that will enable us to recover some small amounts from the people in the form of a small tax that will enable us to have enough funds for the upkeep maintenance of gaushalas.”

He said care will be taken to ensure that the cess does not create additional burden on the common man.

He added that cow milk is like “amrit” and children suffering from malnourishment will be given milk that will increase the sale of milk and benefit gaushalas.

The Chief Minister said he will ensure that Madhya Pradesh sets an example in cow protection in the country and that the government will make complete use of cow dung, milk and cow urine.

An action plan will be made for protection and promotion of four native breeds found in MP — Malvi, Nimari, Kankatha and Gaolo, he said. Gobar gas plants will be installed in villages and connections will be given to homes there, the Chief Minister said.

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